Tasty Thursdays: Cinnamon-Spiced Hot Chocolate Cookies

Thursday, November 10, 2011

In one of my morning classes, my professor actually brought in some cookies. He claims the sugar rush might help us wake up a bit more at 8AM lol. Well, he brought some lemon wafers along with some spiced chocolate cookies & they were definitely an interesting taste. So, I browsed the web & found this recipe from The Food Network on how to make these Cinnamon-Spiced Hot Chocolate Cookies. The following recipes makes 36 cookies.

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon unsweetened Mexican cocoa powder (or substitute by adding 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon to unsweetened cocoa powder)
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons sweet butter, at room temperature
  • 3 tablespoons margarine
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Generous pinch ground black pepper
  • Generous pinch cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/2 cup dulce de leche, optional
  • 1/4 cup almonds, finely chopped, optional
Combine the flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl. Mix thoroughly with a whisk and set aside. Combine the sugars in a small bowl and mix well with your fingers pressing out any lumps. (Combine in a food processor if lumps are stubborn.)

In a medium mixing bowl, using a hand mixer, beat the butter and margarine until creamy. Add sugar mixture, cinnamon, peppers, and vanilla. Beat on high speed for about 1 minute. Beat in the egg white and until the mixture is smooth. Stop the mixer. Add the flour mixture, beating on the lowest speed, just until incorporated. Gather the dough together with your hands and form it into a neat log, 9 to 10 inches long by 1 1/2 inches in diameter. Wrap in waxed paper or plastic wrap. Fold or twist ends of the paper without pinching or flatting the log. Refrigerate at least 45 minutes, or until needed.

Put the oven racks in the upper and lower third of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or aluminum foil.

Use a sharp knife to slice rounds of chilled dough, a scant 1/4-inch thick. Arrange the cookies, 1-inch apart, on the prepared baking sheets. Bake 12 to 14 minutes. Rotate the baking sheets from top to bottom and front to back about halfway through. Cookies will puff and crackle on top, and then begin to settle down slightly when done.

Remove the baking sheets from the oven and use a metal spatula to transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool. Allow the cookies to cool completely before storing or stacking. Store in an airtight container up to 2 weeks, or freeze up to 2 months.

To spice things up, after the cookies are baked, let them cool on a wire rack, drizzle with dulce de leche and sprinkle chopped almonds on top.

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honey my heart said...

thanks for sharing the recipe! the cookies look delicious and cinnamon is one of my favorite flavors.

Tiffany Kadani said...

Oh yum! I'm in total crave mode for these!

Anonymous said...

I'm not much for anything cinnamon, but these look pretty good!

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the taupe said...

It's 9.41 am - do I still qualify? I could really use some of these right now!

Marielleheart said...

Oeeh look so jummy!

Phuong said...

i would love to try it!

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JustPatience said...

These look yum. Thanks for sharing.


Slamdunk said...

Sounds wonderful.

Ha, I am guessing that it must be almost time for students to fill out evaluations on the prof.

Sandra Leiva said...

Yummy!! <3

Diego R. Wyatt said...

I am a pretty darn good baker and I think I will give these a go this season. I love the idea of Mexican cocoa powder.


Sofie said...

omg, looks so delicious! ♥

Kat said...

looks soooo good!!! :D


Josie said...

My stomach just rumbled -- these look delicious!
xo Josie

Akiko said...

Hmmm looks so yummy! I'd love to try this too. Thank you for sharing :) -akiko

lilmisszolicious said...

they look so yummy, I have to try the recipe and surprise my husband:)



Jewellery Bijou said...

They look delicious!

Punctuation Mark said...

chocolate and cinnamon are such a great combination!

Grace said...

Ooh, these look delicious! They'd be so great during the holidays.

Imogen said...

I'd really love some of these right now.

stylenuggets said...

Great professor - wish I'd had one like that!

Marisa Seguin said...

Mmm these look great! Any professor that brings in cookies is ok by me.

Martinha said...

Delicious! I'll try the recipe! :)


The Chic Sheet said...

This looks soo yummy! ;)



alyson said...

umm, hello heaven, come to mama! :)

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